Ghost shrimp bioload

gregoranddexter1816

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I have a 2-gallon tank with 1 ghost shrimp and 1 mystery snail. I also have a 5 gallon with 1 ghost shrimp and 1 betta fish. I wanted to add the shrimp from the 5 gallon to my 2g. But didn't want to overload the Beneficial bacteria. I'm sure they have a super small bioload. But before I add him I wanted to make sure it would be ok.

Once I remove the shrimp (if I do) I want to get a nerite snail for my 5g. As long as it is producing algae. Its a planted tank with one big centerpiece that's a fake tree root. So far there's not much algae and I can just clean it up myself, that's why I want to move the shrimp as well. And so he gets the right nutrients and I can feed any of the baby ghost shrimp (if there are any) to my betta fish because he enjoys live food.
 

flyinGourami

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It should be fine as shrimp have very minimal bio load(sorry if my grammar was weird).
 
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gregoranddexter1816

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bgntoc said:
It should be fine as shrimp have very minimal bio load(sorry if my grammar was weird).
your grammars fine lol I have Grammarly on so it auto checks mine otherwise mine would be terrible. What do you feed ghost shrimp? I made snail jello for my snail (I have a lot but I want to make a better batch so the snail will eat more)

Also for breeding how often will they breed? Because the lady at the pet store told me you need a lot of super-specific things for them to breed and its actually hard for them the breed but the female gave birth the day after I got them.
 

flyinGourami

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I'm pretty sure they can eat a lot of things. Uneaten fish food, algae,... as long as your tank is pretty old its fine(I don't mean like a year old, just enough so there is algae and yeah). I'm pretty sure they also feed on detritus. As for breeding, as long as the parameters are fine and there is enough food and hiding spaces they should breed. I don't know much about ghost shrimp, only basics. But the feeding is pretty simple. They should take fish food and other microscopic things, including algae.
 

Sankalpakc

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I have a couple in my main tank and I don't even consider them when computing my bioload. They are fun to watch in a community tank setting, but their impact on the system is negligible.
 

wishuponafish

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Ghost shrimp don't eat any noticeable amount of algae, they mostly just eat scraps and waste that would have sat there and rotted anyway and recycles it into their own waste so you could say they have almost zero bioload unless you have hundreds of them or something.

I don't feed them specifically since they'll always find something in the tank to eat but they'll eat anything a fish would eat.

They often come berried when you buy them but they don't breed very often in my experience compared to neos.
 

Sankalpakc

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Since you posted this question a while ago I’ll ask for an update: how did the move go?
 
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gregoranddexter1816

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Sankalpakc said:
Since you posted this question a while ago I’ll ask for an update: how did the move go?
Great! i got a 10g but it leaked so i ended up just getting a 20gallon tall. I have 4 ghost shrimp (one died because of age) and 4 platies, 1 dwarf gourami and the snail. I can tell its so healthy for the snail because there's a distinct line in his shell growth where the color is darker and the shell looks more uniform.

The 5 gallon with the fish is doing OK. Cycle is fine and all that but there's some algae still. Not as bad. I started to treat it with algaefix weekly and i can see the results. No more algae on the glass. only on the plants right now.
 

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